Thursday, March 16, 2006

It's My Birthday!

And let me tell you, I had a GREAT day. Besides sharing a bday with Fabio and the Ides of March, the 15th has always been a pretty sweet day for me.

After a White Hot Chocolate, I spent 2 hours knitting at Nancy's Quilts with BARB-- Magic loop guru. More on the projects I worked on with in another post. I did manage to buy some yarn and have in my house 10 seconds before this:

Many shows in Las Vegas are dark Wednesdays, however, TOM JONES was in town. Campy goodness. I know first Wayne and now Tom. What is happening to my musical taste. I have satellite radio and I am seeing these guys. But you know Tom with his last two albums worked with some pretty big shot musical guys: Jools Holland and Wyclef Jean. The show was great. I forget how many Tom Jones classics are out there. And he sang some others including the bizarre choice of Three Dogs Night's Mama Told Me Not To Come (I heard he had a hit with it a few years ago... but still weird). His voice didn't break once (take that American Idols). He had all the hip thrusts though they seemed a bit more arthritic and some of his dance moves were similar to when Fred Sanford would have a heartache but he was still classic Tom. I loved listening to the constant deep baritone shouts of "TOM! I LOVE YOU." He really is a hero of men. He could quit singing and just give seminars to men. And yes, there were the panties thrown on stage (presumably be women and oddly, most were thrown during She's a Lady.

He had the audience in the palm of his hand from the lacivious SEX BOMB to the campy WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT to the eye watering GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME... but then he would bring us right back up with Kiss.

Afterwards, we noshed at Wooloughan's at Rampart Casino, a local's place. I think the casino name makes the place sound sleezy, however, it's in the posh Las Vegas section of Summerlin. They cater to a lot of business types. Now their sister casino, The Cannery is a scheezy joint. Let's just say there are people that are gambling their paychecks, workman's comp checks, and other govt checks. (BTW, if you cash a paycheck at the casino, you get a free drink.) After late night battered sausages and cider, the next stop was the casino next door, Suncoast Casino . The Spazmatics (pictured above) a locals' favorite plays there on Wednesday night. They play the strip a few times a week and there is usually a cover charge, but Wednesdays, at the Suncoast, FREE FREE FREE. Though even if you do have to pay a cover charge, I highly recommend them, even if you don't love 80s music. They stay in their geeky personas throughout the show and have a set list the includes Take On Me, Micky, Always Something There To Remind Me... I could go on, but trust me, all terrific interpretations on totally tubular songs! And he the lead singer will stop and pose for a pic in mid song! These guys are all showmanship!

I got lots of gifties, but one of my favorites came from Sibille. As usual she sent gorgeous sock yarn and Euro chocolate (the best) but she also sent me a pair of socks! Ofcourse I love getting yarn, but no one since I was a child wearing a granny square poncho has someone made me something! I'm really touched. I love them. I wish I could think of the words to express how fond I am of the socks and gesture Danke Sibille. I love the socks and the sock yarn color... now the pattern to use...


Blogger Tammy said...

Happy Birthday to you too. Mine was yesterday as well!!
Best wishes.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Happy Birthday Polly!
In regard to your granny square question on my blog.....I'd put the granny squares that you already have together. THEN, if they aren't big enough for you to work as an afghan, I'd crochet a granny border around the entire piece, using some of the colors in the squares that you already have, alternating with your joining color (black?). Just keep going around and around, putting 3 dc's in each space until your piece is big enough...don't forget to put 2 sets of 3 dc's in each corner. This should make a gorgeous piece! Granny squares are the building blocks to fashion, you know!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

If you have a guild near you see if they will let you come in and try some wheels out or a local dealer. The class I took we used a Louet S51(expensive-700 Can.)and they did not recommend an Ashford. I talked to a spinner at the guild, same thing. I met an independant dealer for Ashford and she offered to let me come to her home and give it a spin(hehe) and I loved it. A bit smaller than the Louet but still great to work on and lots of options for conversions ie:lace,etc. plus it was only $460 with tax and comes lacquered. What I've been told is that is all in preference and how much you are willing to spend and I didn't let what the dealers and teachers told me cloud my judgment.

2:39 PM  
Blogger PlumpKnitter said...

Happy B-lated birthday!! I hope you had a great one. OH and the pampered pals is just an exchange were we are gifting each other with fun lil things to pamper ourselves with..

9:56 PM  
Blogger The Crafty Weasel said...

Oh Nicol, I'm sure I missed the day of your birthday - I hope you had a great one! I wish you a fantastic year!!!!

12:00 PM  

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